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Arts Council’s ‘Music on the Screen’ Presents Nathan Ignacio

MARIPOSA — The modern day troubadour Nathan Ignacio will perform via live stream for Music on the Screen on Friday, July 17 at 7 p.m. from the Mariposa Arts Council Facebook page. Ignacio is a true one man band, a talented multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter who plays popular cover songs as well as his own material. He describes his music as “a ...

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Music on Screen: Next Up, Singer/Songwriter Nicholas Lefler

MARIPOSA — In the next installment of the Music on the Screen Virtual Concert Series — a pandemic alternative to Music on the Green — the Mariposa County Arts Council and its sponsors present multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Nicholas Lefler from Murphys, California. Lefler will live stream from the Mariposa Arts Council Facebook page beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday (June 13). A ...

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Yosemite Jazz Band Resumes Thursday Night Pizza Factory Gigs

OAKHURST — A summertime mountain community tradition — live jazz on the outdoor patio at the Pizza Factory — is set to swing back into action next week. “Our community needs the uplift soooo much right now,” says Berl Howell, one of the leaders of the iconic Yosemite Jazz Band, which will perform for the first time since the pandemic ...

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Mariposa Arts Council Debuts Virtual Film Club

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa Arts Council is piloting a Virtual Film Club program designed to promote conversation and community in the midst of social distancing. The film club will feature weekly lists of streamable films (available for view, rent or buy on Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, or iTunes) and discussion prompts, curated by Erik Bachman and Shane Sweeting. Film lists ...

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Mystery Thriller Spotlighting June Lake Loop Wins Book Award

MONO COUNTY — “The Loop,” a murder mystery set in Mono County, has garnered the Book Excellence Award for Suspense Fiction for first-time author Nicholas Holloway, who based his novel on his childhood summers at the Silver Lake Resort at June Lake. Holloway, 29, who lives in Austin, Texas, grew up in Yucaipa in San Bernardino County and told SNO ...

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Local Composer Wins Prestigious ‘Artist Vision’ Award

COARSEGOLD — Local composer Barbara Ulman’s composition “One Loon’s Afternoon” for chorus, flute and clarinet just won the Akademia 2020 Artist Vision Award — a prestigious honor in the composing world. Akademia Film Awards support musicians by streaming their music online all over the world. (Here’s a link to the video on YouTube.) According to its website, Akademia supports “excellence ...

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Beppe Gambetta Returns to Coolwater Ranch

AHWAHNEE – Coolwater and the Redwoods presents an evening of Italian bluegrass with the incomparable Beppe Gambetta. The concert will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Coolwater Ranch. Starting from the early studies of his American mentor Doc Watson, Beppe brought his flatpicking approach to a more modern development of plectrum guitar style, based on complex strumming, cross picking ...

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David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach Coming to Coolwater Ranch

Picture of Bob Beach and David Jacobs-Strain.

AHWAHNEE — On Friday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m., the Redwoods and Coolwater Ranch present David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach – two musicians who have become favorites of Coolwater patrons over the years. David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player and a song poet from Oregon. He’s known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon. His live ...

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How to Make a Musical, Featuring Minarets’ Drama Program

Picture of the cast of The Little Mermaid

By Cara Coombs and video by Jo Ziegler, student journalists for Minarets Press O’NEALS — Not many people know what it takes to create the production of a play, but there are many things involved in making a production great, such as acting, props, actors, costumes, makeup, sound, and lighting. The Minarets Drama Program put on “The Little Mermaid” this ...

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